How to visit Nagano
It’s easiest to catch the bullet train from Tokyo Station. The journey takes only 85 minutes and costs from ¥8,200 one way. This journey is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, depending on which train you take. Click here for more information on the Japan Rail Pass.
A cheaper option is to take a highway bus. The journey will take around four and half hours, costing from ¥2,900 to ¥4,800, depending on the season.
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The train journey between Osaka and Nagano is a bit awkward. First, you’ll need to get to Nagoya, which on the bullet train takes 50 minutes. From Nagoya, catch the Limited Express Shinano service to Nagano, which is a near three-hour trip. All in all, this journey will cost around ¥11,000.
By bus, it will take about six and half hours during the day, or eight hours overnight. One-way ticket prices start from ¥6,000.
Getting around Nagano
Nagano is a small city, with most of the major sights accessible on foot or by bus. It’s also well-connected to nearby cities by train.
Getting to Nagano U Stadium
First, take the JR Shinonoi Line to Shinonoi Station, which takes just over ten minutes from Nagano and costs ¥200. At Shinonoi Station, go right out of the only exit, take the stairs down to street level and you’ll see the AC Nagano Parceiro shuttle bus. It costs ¥200 one-way on the bus. Just drop your money into the box next to the driver as you get off. There’s also a change machine on the bus, in case you don’t have the exact amount.